According to The Manufacturer magazine, “In manufacturing, there is nothing more crucial than health and safety” to protect employees and employers. The goal for manufacturers is always zero incidents.
Consider this portion of General Motors’ Code of Conduct:
“As part of our commitment to put customers at the center of everything we do, we also make workplace safety a foundational commitment – never compromised. At GM, safety is owned by every person at every site globally, including employees, visitors, contractors, and our third parties.
We live values that return people home safely. Every person. Every site. Every day. That includes using our local reporting processes, like the Employee Safety Concern Process at manufacturing sites when there is a workplace safety concern, or Speak Up for Safety, if you have a vehicle safety concern or if you don’t believe a workplace safety issue is being addressed by existing local reporting processes. We encourage you to Speak Up for Safety, whether it’s an issue of concern at work or on the road. You can do so confidently because we do not tolerate retaliation against persons who voice a concern in good faith.
Together we build a better GM by living our values and owning the safety of our customers and coworkers every day, in every decision.”
GM’s safety policy is representative of policies at many manufacturers, both large and small.
With the increasing use of Additive Manufacturing to produce functional parts, the number of industrial 3D printers operated on the production floor will grow quickly. Given the strict safety mandates of manufacturers like GM, safety of the end-to-end 3D printing process, 3D printer materials and 3D printed parts is now mission critical.
Yet most 3D printing processes, materials and parts are anything but safe. Gizmodo describes 3D Printing Indoors is as Bad for You as Smoking a Cigarette Inside. The Illinois Institute of Technology measured the emissions of several 3D printers and found that they emit substances such as Styrene, Lactide and Acid. This doesn’t even include harmful 3D printer materials and the corrosive chemicals used in post-processing parts following printing. Some printers even require you to apply glue to the build plate before each build.
RIZE ONE is the only industrial 3D printer focused on safety and, therefore, the only one suitable for use on the production floor of a manufacturing plant with strict safety standards.
No Harmful Emissions
Unlike other 3D printers, RIZE ONE provides an entirely safe process, parts and materials. Our material doesn’t leach, contaminate or emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) during the print process.
No Glue or Harmful Chemicals
Our hybrid Augmented Deposition process eliminates messy and toxic chemicals that other 3D printing technologies use in post-processing parts. RIZE ONE jets a release agent, Release One, between the part and its support structures to enable very simple post-processing. You just peel the part away from the supports, without chemicals and without additional equipment, very quickly, cleanly and safely, and you’re left with a smooth surface finish where the part and support structures met.
In addition, the RIZE process does not require you to apply glues or other chemicals to the printer’s build plate.
Polymer is Food and Environment Safe
The RIZE ONE 3D printer uses only safe and recyclable materials. Each component of our RIZIUM ONE material is non-leaching and non-contaminating.
Branding and QR Code for Authenticity and Traceability
Since our hybrid Augmented Deposition process provides voxel-level 3D printing, you can use Marking Ink to apply text and graphics to the part during the printing process for identification, tracing information, usage instructions and safety information.
This marking capability adds a new dimension of functionality to the part. For example, you can 3D print a QR or barcode on the part, creating an immutable digital link between the physical part and its digital twin. The printed code is a secure signature that links the part to all of its metadata, which you can access immediately by using your smartphone.
The first thing you’re required to do at a manufacturing plant is read a safety doc, watch a safety video and then sign a safety document. Only RIZE 3D printers enable you do this with confidence.
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